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On Chuck Berry:

Two pieces I want to link to, written by people I know, yes, no shame in that, I know smart people! 1. Glenn Kenny writes a beautiful and smart essay on Berry for Rogerebert.com – Kenny really knows his music, … Continue reading

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“Johnny B. Goode” in Outer Space

The Voyager spacecraft was launched in 1977 with many objects on board, a floating time capsule, and … maybe … a message to whomever might find it on the other end, light-years away. Included was the “Voyager Golden Record,” a … Continue reading

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“If you had to give Rock ‘n’ Roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.” – John Lennon

“Memphis, Tennessee:” This is how you write a song. DAMN. There are multiple characters. An uncle who writes stuff on the wall. A mother who caused problems. There’s a location mentioned so exact you could locate it with GPS. There’s … Continue reading

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R.I.P. James Cotton

RIP to blues-harmonica legend James Cotton. He was born in 1935 on a cotton plantation, and was a working musician early (10, 11 years old early). He toured with Howlin’ Wolf. Eventually he hooked up with Muddy Waters and toured … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bill Paxton

This is one of my favorite scenes in Apollo 13. I love how almost shame-faced Paxton’s character is when he admits to Jim Lovell (Hanks) that his wife is pregnant again. Like: “Ooops.” He’s an embarrassed grade-school kid in that … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” Celebrated French actress Emmanuelle Riva has died at the age of 89. She made a huge splash in Alain Resnais’ 1959’s Hiroshima Mon Amour, an early French New Wave film, the New Wave that would … Continue reading

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R.I.P. John Hurt

The gravelly voice revealed the depth and width of his life experience. The gravelly voice had a surprising mellifluous quality surging through the roughness. The voice could sing, it could shout. It could break your heart. He did not come … Continue reading

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Joan Jett Pays Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore

She posted this statement on her Twitter feed: This moves me so much. And a couple of people sent me this clip, from Joan Jett’s appearance on The David Letterman Show singing the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore Show. … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore

Robert Redford told critic Leonard Maltin how he came to cast the perky spirited hilarious TV star Mary Tyler Moore as the cold-as-ice mother in Ordinary People: “I’ve always liked the idea of going off in casting, going off-center. Mary … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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